Indiana University's commitment to excellence is evident by the facilities it provides to its athletic teams. Bill Armstrong Stadium is the permanent home of the IU soccer program. The complex is the finest collegiate facility in the nation and was financed entirely by private contributions.
The complex always has been regarded as the finest college facility in the nation since it opened in 1981. In the summer of 2000, the stadium received major renovations that will allow it to maintain its status as college soccer's premier venue. The renovations that took place in 1999 were the first of a two-phase project. This first phase included a new grass playing surface, the first upgrade since the field was constructed, along with relocation of utilities under the field to support a 5,000-seat, poured-in-place grandstand. The concrete grandstand includes the nation's most complete soccer press facility in the nation. The state-of-the-art press box includes seating for 50 members of the media, restrooms and a food service area. The stadium lighting was updated as well.
In addition to an entirely new grandstand, Armstrong Stadium received a new scoreboard, which includes a complete message board. The entire cost of Phase I was over $2.5 million.
The second phase was completed in 2001. It included the removal of the old north stands, the two-level press box, the elevator and the two center light towers. A total of eight rows remain on the north side, which seat 1,500 spectators and brings the current capacity to 6,500.
A new grand entry plaza joins Hayes Track at Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex with Armstrong Stadium. Future plans include improvements to restrooms, concessions and storage space.
Armstrong Stadium currently includes complete locker room facilities for both the Hoosiers and the visiting team on the north side. Indiana's locker room is one of the finest in the country and includes a complete training room on the premises. In addition, the Metz Lounge can be used for team meetings and is utilized for post game press conferences.
September 5, 1993 marked the first time the Hoosiers did battle at the stadium, as they defeated Cincinnati, 3-1 in front of 2,027 fans. Indiana owns an all-time record of 44-30-4 at Armstrong Stadium, which includes a perfect 9-0 season in 1998.
The women's team hosted its first NCAA Tournament game and garnered is its first NCAA Tournament victory with a 3-1 win over Wright State on November 11, 1998. In addition, the Hoosiers hosted the 1995 Big Ten Tournament at Armstrong Stadium and will serve as host again in 2012.
The men's team also uses the facility, which opened on September 13, 1981. Over 225 games have been played since then, including the 1988 NCAA Division I Men's Championships where Indiana defeated Howard, 1-0. The stadium has been home to the Hoosiers for all seven of their national championships.
The facility also played host to the 1992 Men's Olympic soccer team when the United States team played a qualifying match against Canada. The stadium has played host to three Big Ten Tournaments and 46 NCAA Tournament games over the past 22 seasons.
The stadium's natural grass playing surface measures 74 by 117 yards, the maximum dimensions for a collegiate soccer field. Night games are played under permanent lights, which easily provide sufficient lighting for television, photography and filming.
The commitment to excellence carries over to the Hoosiers' other facilities. The Indiana weight room covers over 6,000 square feet and features 11 training platforms, squat racks and selectorized machines. A weight program utilizing this equipment is designed specific to soccer.
Armstrong Stadium is located north of Central Campus and east of Assembly Hall and Gladstein Fieldhouse on North Fee Lane (See the Interactive Campus Map).